The semester has taken off full speed ahead, leaving many of us wondering where and how the time flew by so quickly. It’s about that time of the semester where students are thinking about the goals that they’ve met or haven’t met yet (and that’s okay!). Understandably as a college student trying to maintain grades, social obligations, and personal well-being we tend to lose track of many things, our goals included. It’s important to remember when setting to reach goals they need to be well-defined, realistic, and self-satisfying. smart goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
Specific: What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished?
Measurable: How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached?
Achievable: Is it possible? Have others done it successfully? (But remember not to compare your own successes to others! Use role models and inspirations as a point of reference.) Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? (If not, how can you go about doing so? Would tutoring or academic coaching bet to your benefit?)
Results-focused: What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal? What is the result (not activities leading up to the result) of the goal?
Time-bound: What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency? Are you allowing yourself enough time to accomplish this goal?
If you’re ever in need of figuring out what your goals are and how to achieve them, feel free to stop by the Division of Student Success where we can help you with a variety of topics including academic achievement, study abroad fulfillment, and career guidance!
Written Abby Shobajo